Don Jr. conspicuously absent from Trump family gathering – New York Post

Tom MarkLast Update : Monday 17 July 2017 - 3:03 AM
Don Jr. conspicuously absent from Trump family gathering – New York Post

It was a family affair Sunday at President Trump’s country club in Bedminster — with the notable exception of his embattled eldest son.

Trump watched the final round of the US Women’s Open golf tournament from a high-security tent with son and daughter-in law Eric and Lara Trump.

First Lady Melania Trump and her dad joined them late in the afternoon, followed by daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner — just back from the annual summit of media, tech and finance moguls in Sun Valley, Idaho — and their kids.

But Donald Trump Jr. was a no-show amid continuing controversy over his Trump Tower meeting last year with a Russian lawyer and a former Soviet counterintelligence officer.

“If I were Don Jr., I wouldn’t come here either with all the attention he’s getting,” one club member said.

Last week, emails revealed that Trump Jr., Kushner and then-Trump campaign manager attended the meeting on the promise of getting political dirt presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump defended his namesake in an early morning tweet that said: “HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?”

Later, he live-tweeted some of the action on the links, writing: “I am at the @USGA #USWomensOpen. An amateur player is co-leading for the first time in many decades — very exciting!”

Amateur Hye-Jin Choi wound up losing to rookie Sung Hyun Park by two strokes, and Trump — who was wearing a trademark red “Make America Great Again” hat — disappointed many in the crowd by leaving without presenting the silver trophy cup.

Trump’s elevated viewing stand, overlooking the 15th and 18th greens, was festooned with star-spangled bunting and equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and two walls of bullet-proof glass.

Nearby, the clubhouse was thronged by members and outsiders who shelled out $650 a head to nosh on caviar rice pilaf, shrmp, monkfish, sliced sirloin steak and lamb gnocchi.

The open bar featured two speciality cocktails for the event: the “Grey Goose 19th Hole” — a highball with equal parts orange and pineapple juices, and a splash of Sprite soda — and the “Bacardi Birdie,” made with lemonade and cranberry juice.​

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